Serj Tankian’s latest solo record Harakiri isn’t officially released until next week on July 10, but if you don’t want to wait that long (and why would you?) you can stream the new LP below. It was back in April when Music Feeds reported that Tankian has almost completed Harakiri, which he self-produced, wrote and recorded with the assistance of his touring band the F.C.C.
In the lead-up to the record’s release, Tankian said that the new solo album was heavily influenced by the incredibly powerful and destructive environmental catastrophes that occurred throughout 2011.
“The year 2011 started with a fire. Some kids in Piha, NZ were setting off fireworks that landed on my neighbor’s property and lit the whole hill on fire. I knew it was going to be a hell of a year and it certainly was. Within 5 days of that, reports came out about birds and fish dying in massive numbers globally. The omen was not lost on me. Varied creatures on earth were committing massive hara-kiri (the Japanese term signifying ritualistic suicide.) Do they know something we don’t about the coming times or the sustainability of the environment? That is the day I started writing this record.”
Those environmental influences are instantly noticeable on Harakiri’s opening track Cornucopia as Tankian sings in his highly recognisable and powerful voice, ‘We rape the earth and don’t know why it strikes… hurricane’s play musical chairs with homes…’
Enough chit-chat! Have a listen for yourself!
Listen: Serj Tankian – Harakiri